After the failure of Autolib and Bluely, it was Wesk to get into electric car sharing. To prove the service called Shaary by deploying in two French cities, the young Lyonnais startup born in the start-up studio Waoup, has just raise three million euros from business angels. They were given confidence by the presence at the head of the new structure of the founder of Navya (autonomous vehicle) and serial entrepreneur, Christophe Sapet: “ They made money with Infogrames, Infonie or Navya », Slips the latter, surrounded by six former Navya in the team of ten people of Wesk.
” But this time, it’s more of a commercial than a technological adventure He said. ” The challenge is to arrive first to take the market “. Not without having learned the lessons of the Bolloré services, which wiped the plasters, and of the scooter war. ” Will we be fast enough to be the big one who will buy the others, or the one who will monetize his market share? Asks the president of Wesk.
Shaary hears ” make the most of existing technologies ” for solve the martingale of profitability. The electric mini-car – two-seater, license-free – has been made in Italy for five years. Other micro-sized models, but not flanged at 45 km / h, could be integrated into the service later. Wesk wants to reduce the cost price on the one hand and the operating cost on the other hand, thanks to the combination of a low-cost micro-vehicle (12,000 euros, ” five times less than the Bluecar ») And a microbattery.
A frugal battery
The light cart consumes ” twice less energy than a Zoe », Assures Christophe Sapet. And can therefore be satisfied witha removable battery of 30 kg, instead of a big quintal. Under these conditions, there is no need for costly fixed charging station infrastructure: support teams, who remotely monitor the state of the connected fleet, go around vehicles to replace dead batteries. As for the user of the application, who reserves the closest car to him with a click on his smartphone, he can easily slip into traffic and park in a gap between two cars.
The start-up created in December 2020 and based in Dardilly hopes to attract local communities ” by not asking them anything », No investment, no subsidies, no locations. Just the right to pay for the occupation of urban space. ” The market is there. It is profitability that sins. We put all the chances on our side to create a satisfactory economic equation “, Hopes Christophe Sapet,” even if it remains at take into account incivilities in operating costs complementary “. Wesk wants to start Shaary with two fleets of 50 to 100 carts in two medium-sized cities by the end of the year, and increase to 1,000 vehicles next year, targeting larger metropolises, ” why not Paris “.